SBA Honors Nation’s Best Small Businesses
Winners to Gather in Washington D.C. During National
Small Business Week
March 22, 2011
Byrne (202) 205-6567
Release Number: 11-20
Internet Address: http://www.sba.gov/news
WASHINGTON – Small Business Person of the Year winners
from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and
Guam will converge on Washington, D.C. in mid May 2011, when one of them will
be selected as National Small Business Person of the Year.
They are among the nation’s top entrepreneurs who will be
honored at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business
Week events May 18-20 in Washington, D.C.
Under the theme, "Empowering Entrepreneurs,” a series of events and
educational forums will mark the 58th anniversary of the agency and the 48th
annual proclamation of National Small Business Week.
The three-day event in Washington, D.C., will take place
at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Events
can be viewed virtually through SBA’s free, live webcasting, which will be
accessible at http://www.nationalsmallbusinessweek.com/.
The state small business winners who will be honored reflect
a broad range of business products, services and innovations offered by our
nation’s entrepreneurs. They include a
pediatric outpatient clinic, technology solutions company, gourmet chocolate
company, "green” commercial cleaning company, and an educational publisher.
Men and women also will be recognized for their
involvement in disaster recovery, government contracting, and their support for
small businesses and entrepreneurship, and awards will be presented to SBA
partners in financial and entrepreneurial development, including the year’s top
SCORE Chapter, Small Business Development Center and Women’s Business Center.
Business owners, business organizations, other
individuals and the news media can register online at www.nationalsmallbusinessweek.com
where additional information is available.
Other highlights will include notable speakers and
business industry leaders from trade associations and local and federal
governments speaking on issues of vital interest to the small business
The 2011 National Small Business Week award events will
include the following individuals and groups:
• The National Small Business Person of the Year,
selected from the 54 State Small Business Persons of the Year.
• The Champion Awards, recognizing both individuals and
organizations for their achievements on behalf of small business, including
minority, women and veteran-owned small businesses.
• The Phoenix Awards, recognizing a public official, a
business owner and a volunteer whose efforts have helped their businesses or
communities recover successfully from a disaster.
• The Lender of the Year, honoring financial
institutions, including those that provide financing for small business
exporters and inner city businesses.
• The Entrepreneurial Development Awards honoring Small
Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers and the National SCORE
Chapter of the Year for their innovation and excellence in assistance to
entrepreneurs and small businesses.
• The Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence,
recognizing large prime contractors who have excelled in their utilization of
small businesses as suppliers and subcontractors.
• The Gold Star Award, recognizing exemplary performance
of federal staff who manage the aggressive goals and strategic initiatives that
help ensure a role for small business in the federal marketplace.
• The Frances Perkins Vanguard Award, honoring government
and industry for excellence in the use of women-owned small businesses as prime
contractors and subcontractors.
• The Small Business Prime Contractors and Small Business
Subcontractor of the Years, honoring small businesses that have provided
government and industry with outstanding goods and services as prime or sub
Editor’s note: A list of state winners is posted at:
(As this is plain text, you may have to copy URLs in this
release into your browser to access them)
A complete list of all award winners will be available on
the National Small Business Week Web site at http://www.nationalsmallbusinessweek.com